Tucked between buzzy Clapham and newly-cool Tooting, Balham is something of a south London hotspot. Though it has kept its local community feel, SW12 now offers a wide variety of restaurants, some cool cocktail bars and plenty of characterful pubs. Just off the high road, Hildreth Street is well worth a visit, especially now its age-old market is surrounded by an enviable selection of coffee shops, delis and brunch spots. Whether you’re young or slightly-less-young, there’s definitely a place for you to hang out in Balham.
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Things to do in Balham
Restaurants in Balham
Famous as an iconic music venue and comedy club, this sprawling Balham boozer is now making some noise as a foodie destination following its re-launch. Head to the handsome dining room at the back for a savvy menu of crowd-pleasers (fish and chips, burgers, steaks) mixed in with the kind of dishes that’ll make you feel trendy (pumpkin ravioli, Moving Mountains vegan burgers, flatbreads with labneh etc). They do proper Sunday roasts too.